"Thou shalt not kill." (Exodus 20:13) This negative command prohibits all unjust taking of life. The positive application of this negative command is the duty to protect life. It is for this reason that men should not be deprived of the necessary tools with which to fulfill their God given duty to preserve life. Si Vis Pacem seeks to provide helpful information, from a variety of perspectives, about the the preservation of life and the use of firearms. These perspectives include, preeminently, the Bible, as well as the standards of the Reformed churches, and also the heritage of the United States.
The triune God of the Christian faith has created all things. His law determines what is good and right and true. Therefore it is preeminently the scriptures of the old and new testament to which we look to establish the legitimacy of the defense of life, liberty, and property.
We unashamedly look to the wisdom of our forebears and the guidance and wise counsel they provide. The confessional standards of the Reformed faith are instructive in our effort to understand the defense of life, liberty. and property.
The American experiment is one in which men who understood tyranny, freedom, and liberty, set out in founding documents and supporting literature, common and self-evident truths, among which was that men are endowed by God with life, liberty, and property.